This image is an oil painting by Anne Marie Peterson-Kolatkar of Moghul palace Fatehpur Sikri in Agra, India.

I was wrong to think that anything after the Taj Mahal would be anti-climatic; I wasn’t expecting anything from the rest of the Agra tour. Something about this magnificent red sandstone palace captured me in a way I wasn’t expecting. The minarets, domes, archways, door details, carvings, filigree and play of light and dark on the rose colored stone left me speechless. It appeared to me as one big, gigantic stone that had been masterfully carved to reveal a palace. Of course, that is not how it was created, but that was the impression left upon me.